Thunder Notes: Abrines, Durant, Mid-Level

The Thunder couldn't do a whole lot this offseason, but they were able to make an intriguing late-summer addition when they inked Ryan Gomes to a one-year deal.  Gomes, who first agreed to a deal in late July and formally signed last week, spent last season overseas.  Prior to that, the seven-year vet had career averages of 10.2 PPG and 4.6 RPG for three different teams.  Here's the latest out of OKC..

  • Thunder second round draft pick Alex Abrines will remain overseas in 2013/14, writes Darnell Mayberry of The Oklahoman.  The 6'6" swingman for FC Barcelona was drafted with the No. 32 overall pick in the 2013 Draft.
  • Mayberry also spoke with Kevin Durant, who is confident about the Thunder this season, despite a changing landscape in the Western Conference.  The Thunder were fairly handcuffed this summer, but he likes the squad as is.  “People that really knew, as far as our money situation, knew that we couldn't sign anybody too big,” Durant said. “We got myself, Russell Westbrook, (Kendrick Perkins) and Serge Ibaka all locked in on big contracts so it's kind of hard to sign (someone). Everybody wants us to get the biggest free agents, but it's kind of hard to do that with the money that we have (committed) and the tax and the new CBA. So it was kind of difficult. But we knew the business side of it. But we know we have a really good team.
  • Eric Pincus of HoopsWorld notes that the Thunder have the largest exception of anyone to offer in their $5.2MM mid-level exception.  However, the cap-conscious club is far more likely to trim its payroll than add to it.

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